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Pier 17 Brooklyn Bridge

Things to do FOR FREE in NYC! Part Four: Brooklyn Bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is an unforgettable experience. Even if you’re only in the city for a short time, it is totally worth doing. Here’s why: The view of the Manhattan skyline. When you’re in the city it’s easy to lose your perspective surrounded by all the skyscrapers. But take the subway just a few stops away and you’re …

Clock at Grand Central

Things to do FOR FREE in NYC! Part Three: Grand Central Terminal

A walk through Grand Central Terminal feels like taking a step back in time. When I’m there, I feel connected to present-day humanity because of the sheer number of people scurrying about but I also feel connected to the generations before me; the history in the building is palpable. It’s a quintessential New York experience that should be near the …

Things to do FOR FREE in NYC! Part Two: New York Public Library

The iconic New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman building, is an absolute must-see on your trip to New York City. Opened to the public in 1911, this majestic Beaux Artes style building is a stunner. From the grand marble entry at Astor Hall with its vaulted ceilings and soaring archways to the hand-painted McGraw Rotunda and the numerous research …

The Vessel at Hudson Yards

Things to do FOR FREE in NYC! Part One: The Vessel

For the next several weeks, I’m going to post a series of things to do and see on your visit to New York City that cost nothing AND are worth your time. Because your time in the city is limited and valuable, I only want to recommend doing things, regardless of price, that I feel are worth it. It’s well …

FDNY Engine Company 74 Ladder 25

An Unexpected (Awesome) Souvenir

I was drinking coffee and eating an almond croissant at my favorite French bakery in the city a couple of years ago when I got a text from a good friend back home. She wrote, “Hey! I know you’re in NYC right now. If you come across a fire station will you see if you can buy a t-shirt for …